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I am an EHF head coach for a Pee Wee team. I've played hockey at the collegiate level. When I was younger, I coached Bantam/Midget kids for fun and had some success. For the past 13 years, I am been primarily coaching my three kids at the younger levels and having a blast. Thankfully, up until this year, I have not experienced the parent craziness that is often documented on this message board.
Now that my older son is a Pee Wee, what I have noticed is the grandiose overreaction by parents in the stands every time a ref makes a bad call, junior gets bumped off the puck, etc.
There is NO way these parents have played the sport, right? Body contact is part of the game and is a skill that should be emphasized. As a result, junior WILL find himself on his tail every so often. When he does get knocked down, it is NOT because the opposing player is a "fu**ing goon!"
I am best friends with a DIII head coach in the greater Boston area. I know for a fact he crosses out any player whose parents berate refs or opposing players. What coach wants that headache for 4 years?
My opinion: these parent reactions are definitely due to our "everyone wins a trophy"/"helicopter parent" society. These parents are not used to seeing junior fail, and they lash out accordingly. Parents need to stop taking junior's failures so personally. It's really embarrassing to watch. I guarantee that the men and women who have played the sport before, laugh at you.
You may be everything you say. Except, if your oldest son is a Peewee, he is at most, 13, and that's if he already had his birthday. Yet, you claim you've been coaching your kids for 13 years. Did you have your pregnant wife out there on skates running suicides? "Again!"
I call BS. Everything you say has been said before.
I love reading these boards as you people can't provide any feedback except a jackass remark. Get use to it coach. When you reach high school, you need to worry about parents waiting for you or your team outside the rink. The yelling gets worse and soon, objects will be thrown. That's why only a select few can coach ...
Yes, unfortunately I know your type that brings the entire family, some kids run around, hide in locker rooms, breaks the vending machines while the parents chat hockey with other parents and not pay attention. Yes, I know your type that starts screaming when one of the 5 kids spill popcorn all over the place, the younger one is crying because he's not getting attention ... I guess over 10+ years of 5am games and 8pm practices times 3 or 4 kids makes you want to talk like that. There's a better way to relieve stress than the board. I love hearing info, scheduling, parents feedbacks ... whining and crying ... save it for Facebook and let your FRIENDS respond to your posts. You're not the only hockey parent working their tails off.
You might want to brush up on your reading skills a bit yourself there, Skippy. My reading skills are fine. He said "For the past 13 years, I am been primarily coaching my three kids." Yes, "I am been."
And, I call double BS. You're defending the OP just a *bit* too hard. Which means, you are probably the OP.
Hey OP, your mommas so dumb she brought a spoon to the Super Bowl
OP makes a good point, and points out something that bothers me too. No, these people did not play a sport, at least at any reasonably high level. Neither did the posters responding to this thread. They are all hoping and praying that somehow their kid will make it further than they did. Few will...athletes are made through genetics and a certain mindset. Even if these types luck into the genetics, their parents will ruin it for them with their mindset.
Genetics? Really? My kid is very good at hockey. I'm a brainiac, and the wife is known for having good assets, if you know what I mean. No athletic background from either of us although we are wealthy beyond belief. So where did our kid get his hockey expertise from?
Nice to start a informative post and receive smart ass remarks that's totally not related to your message. Oh well.
Anyone can use the internet here guys . Seems to me a bunch of 13 year olds are conversing here.. get a life
How many people (coaches, parents, players) actually take time to read the USA Hockey rule book? I would guess it's very few. Parents freak out because they see things on the ice they don't like and yell about it. Most, even if they have played hockey, don't know the actual rules since it's mostly information passed down that is outdated. That said, the kids know what they have been told by parents and coaches, but realistically, they think they know the real rules, but don't. So in my opinion, this is why parents go crazy yelling at referees and coaches.
USA Hockey is a joke, the kids should be checking in squirts! Learning how to give and take a check at an early age.